Rediff had reported sometime back (Sep 2005) on the lucrative career awaiting Indian nurses in USA, where the demand for nurses is high and a majority of the serving nurses in the US are old and likely to retire in the next 5-10 years.
Medindia.com now reports (Feb 02, 2006) that as a result of the Government of Kerala's lobbying, the U.S. nursing qualification exam can now be taken in India.
India has now become a testing ground for nurses who are bound to the US. This follows intense lobbying on the part if the Indian State Government of Kerala. The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) may be conducted in Kerala by the US. The NCSBN is a not-for-profit organization, whose membership comprises the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five US territories namely American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.It is interesting that a state government rather than the central government has been lobbying with a foreign country in this case.
A Sify report (Feb 03, 2006) adds,
Registered nurses are required to pass the NCLEX-RN (registered nurse) to obtain a nursing licence in the US. Till last year, the examination was available only in the US. India's selection is expected to help tens of thousands of aspirant nurses to take the board examination at home without having to fly out just for this purpose. The exact location(s) for centres within each country is yet to be determined. No schedule of implementation has been set either.
Because passing the NCLEX is usually the final step in the nurse licensure process, the number of people passing ("pass rate") is a good indicator of how many new nurses are entering the profession in the US. The Philippines topped the list in terms of aggregate numbers in 2005, followed by India, South Korea, Canada, Cuba and Nigeria. The `home advantage' enjoyed by the US-educated applicants was evidence in the margin (almost two to one).